Doulas are making a difference for families worldwide.

DONA International is the leader in evidence-based doula training, certification and continuing education. Our doulas are the world's best!
What is a doula?

I want to FIND a doula.

Parents, DONA International can help you connect with a professional, highly skilled birth or postpartum doula in your area.


I want to BECOME a doula.

It’s an incredible time to start your journey as a birth or postpartum doula. Let’s explore this path together.


I AM a doula.

We’d love to have you join thousands of doulas around the world as a member of DONA International.


The Benefits of a Doula

Learn about how a DONA certified doula can help you have a better birth or postpartum experience.


The DONA Advantage


DONA International is the world’s most respected certifying organization for a reason.

Training and Certification

Is it your time to jump into this incredible field? DONA International can help prepare you for long-term success as a doula.

Continuing Education

Already working as a doula and want to learn more? Check out our DONA approved advanced trainings!

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”

Dr. John H. Kennell

DONA International Founder

We’re Here for You

DONA International is member driven and we are here to support you! Connect with the professional staff in our home office, a member of the board of directors or your state/regional representative.

Let’s Connect


Recommendations Regarding COVID-19

DONA International recognizes how incredibly challenging the COVID-19 pandemic is for doulas, DONA members, and parents who are expecting or have recently had a new baby.  Visit our COVID-19 response page for our toolkit, a letter to hospital administrators and more.  

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Continuing Education

DONA International offers in-person and online webinars for continuing education for our doulas and birth professionals alike!

Due to COVID-19, our 2021 Summit will be held online.   Visit our annual conference website and continuing education page to find a learning experience to enhance your doula skills (practice) or doula business.

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Continuing Education Information




Reporters and Editors… Let’s talk!

Every week, DONA International is contacted by reporters and editors around the world. As representatives of the world’s leading doula organization, we’d love to talk as we increase awareness about the benefits of doula support to families globally!
DONA International and our doulas have contributed to many articles including pieces by The New York Times, Essence magazine, The Washington PostThe Bump, Fit Pregnancy, and more!

Let’s Connect! 


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3 Self-Care Tips to Protecting Your Mental Health as a Doula

3 Self-Care Tips to Protecting Your Mental Health as a Doula

While most of us know we should prioritize “self-care,” we tend to put it at the bottom of our to-do list. We sometimes believe we’ll get around to it when we have time and sometimes even feel guilty about taking time for ourselves when there are so many other people...

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COVID-19 & Doulas – DONA International Recommendations

Updated March 4, 2021 The DONA International education team has put together guidelines and considerations for our postpartum doulas when serving clients in the home during the on-going pandemic. Postpartum Doulas and Corona Virus March 12, 2020 DONA International...

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